A CANLEY Vale High School student has placed a foot on the first rung of the political career ladder, taking part in last month's YMCA NSW Junior Parliament.
Michael Tran, 15, was nominated to attend the five-day event, where students debated local and world issues, including the legal drinking age.
Michael spent three days learning about parliamentary processes with students from across NSW, before taking a seat in Parliament House to discuss the future of NSW.
"I'd really recommend people to go and see how things run," Michael said.
"I feel like it's another step and another insight into Parliament to be able to see what the politicians do for our nation.
"It's a really enjoyable thing.
"You learn a lot."
Canley Vale High School principal Peter Rouse said the program taught students about leadership skills.
"It places them in a much better position to understand how the world works," he said.
"I think it gave Michael the opportunity to get ideas about governance, organisation and constitutional systems, and bring that back to Canley Vale to put into a school context."
The year 9 student said he had always been community minded.
As a member of the Student Representative Council, leader of his school's Relay For Life team and part of the Fairfield City Council Youth Advisory Committee, Michael is all about advocating for young people.
"I'd really like to become an MP and start making an impact on our local community," he said.
"I like to advocate for my community . . . it's just about giving back.
"I believe that young people can make a big impact and it's good to have a bit of change once in a while.
"Kids are really shy to put their hand up and voice their opinions, but people need to step up and give their thoughts because it's all those thoughts and opinions that build up a great idea."